Over 70 years, from 60s of the 19th century until 30s of the 20th century, there were four needle factories in Kuldīga – Levinsons & Co Needle Factory, Kuldīga Needle Factory, “Meteor” and “Planet”. Until the beginning of manufacturing, the needles were brought from England by the Lithuanian jew Simon Hirschmann. Once he calculated that the construction of a needle factory would not cost more than an annual expenditure on needle transportation from England. This is how the first needle factory was built, which was initially located in a small one-storey building at Liepājas Street 37 and for a long time was one of the few in the Russian Empire. Nowadays, the building with its adjoining tower features an exhibition on four floors to demonstrate the impact of a needle on the human advancements in medicine, geography, and clothing manufacture. The exhibition ends with the story of the needle factory history in Kuldīga.